[Spoilers for Days of Future Past below]
For a movie already packed to the gills with mutant cameos (hell, I’m pretty sure the mutant scavenger in the opening was Kylun – and that’s obscure), at one point, X-Men: Days of Future Past has a meatier cameo for a former student of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters.
Anna Paquin’s Rogue had an entire sequence that was lifted from the final cut of the film. Speaking with The Daily Beast, Days of Future Past writer Simon Kinberg explains what we’re missing:
“The Rogue/Anna Paquin scene was by far the biggest cut we made, and that was more my fault than anything. When I was crafting the script, I wanted to create a subplot for old Charles and old Eric — Patrick [Stewart] and Ian [McKellen] — to have a mini-mission together, one final adventure. And that’s what the Rogue sequence was — that they went to retrieve Rogue.”
Days of Future Past is, for the most part, a fairly compact film without too much fat slowing down the action. This little detour could be the kind of thing that’s great as a deleted scene on the DVD and Blu-ray but might have threatened to overwhelm a movie with plenty of characters and stakes already at play.
“It felt like it didn’t come from the spine of the film, it was an appendage where I just wanted to see the old guys get in the X-Jet for one last ride. It was a narrative detour, and in a film with this much momentum and narrative flow, you can’t afford any detours.”
Now if they’d come up with some extra scenes featuring Havok and the rest of the Vietnam vet mutants, I could have been onboard with that.